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Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 August 2014

We stayed at the hotel July 23-29th, 2014 & though the hotel could use some sprucing up like pictures on the walls and handles on the outside veranda sliding doors, we had a wonderful time. Nigel (swim up bar) great bartender, always smiling & he remembers what you drink! Pauline a head waitress very sweet, gracious and wants to make sure you are happy/satisfied. Food was good - though the paella in the seafood restaurant should be avoided. Poolside activities depended on the Animator Host of the day--some did a lot--others not too much. Quiet in the evenings, 1 night was movie night poolside & most other nights there was some sort of band but everything closed down by 10-11pm. Casino no dealers everything is electronic. No nightclub. No watersports equipment. Ample amount of umbrellas and beach chairs poolside and on the beach---sand on beach is not soft but course. Hotel is not for small children - no children activities and did not see any inside game rooms for bad weather days. Hotel is a 10 minute walk into town--lots of jewelry stores but better prices at the hotels jewelry store. My husband & I enjoyed ourselves - loved the infinity pool, the view and the staff.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

My husband and I had an amazing week at this hotel. The view was to die for, the hotel staff was top notch, the food was amazing and the general feel of the hotel was great. The area was safe for walking and shopping.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

The people at this resort were wonderful. Richard was great.. always with a smile on his face and willing to help in any way. Kailya the resort activities coordinator... wonderful, energeric and sooo friendly. Smilely...the server at the grill,, his name is his personality... always smiling. The food was delicious, the grilled swordfish was outstanding, and the unlimited drinks were fabulous. This was a great mother-daughter get away... loved the beach, beautiful water,& of course the great weather. LOVE THIS PLACE... Would recommend the Blue Safaris snorkeling & island tour to Angulla, prickley pear and little bay... wonderful excursion... will love to go back and visit again,..

Room Tip: upgrade definitely to a ocean view.... totally worth the extra money...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank bendzuck
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Karl B, General Manager at Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2014

Hello Bendzuck


Thank you for sharing your great experience with us.


It is such a great pleasure to hear that you and your daughter had a wonderful experience at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Casino & Spa. Thank you for highlighting the fact that we provide great food and service in this absolutely amazing and tranquil atmosphere. Please note that we are happy to hear of your kind mentions in regards to our professional and courteous employees. We already congratulated Richard, Smiley, and Kiaya on a job well done.

We look forward to welcoming you soon and don’t forget to invite a few more friends and family for your next trip! :)

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

We are planning on staying here next April..only chose July 2014 because had to....and wondering if can walk to the Sunset Bar and Grill to watch the planes land...or would we have to hire a taxi ?? would it be better to stay at their sister resort..Sonesta Maho ?

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Marti H
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Amanda F, Manager at Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2014

Dear Marti H,

Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort is about a 20 minute drive to Sunset Bar and Grill depending on the traffic, of course, but it is within walking distance of our sister resort; Sonesta Maho Beach Resort. The great thing about our Resorts, is that you can stay at one and play at two. So if you do stay with us at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, you could always spend the days over at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort to experience the airplanes coming in at Sunset or if you would prefer to stay at that Resort, that's perfectly fine as well. If you have any other questions to help make your decision easier, please feel free to let us know.

We're looking forward to seeing you next year!

Best regards,
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Management

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

During our honeymoon at the hotel Sonesta, we had a wonderfull staying and a perfect service by the personell. A special thanks to Vicky and her colleague for taking such good care and advice.
When we arrived we where suprised with champagne in a very nice room with a beautiful view over the sea, excellent...
Patricia, June, Cherlene, Veronica, Vergina, Gilbert and Nicole thanks to you all for the nice service and help. Mister Edrick and Colin two wonderfull persons, thanks for your advice when we needed it. We recommended everyone in Holland about Sonesta Hotel..... Thanks again everyone. Mr.and mrs. J. Sietsma

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

The people are very nice, Johnathan is a great waiter; always smiling and Cleopatra is great as well. She was so nice to help me get over my cold and get me an aloe plant for my burnt back. I loved the area and the people, I was just mad because I asked the front desk lady to have the maid change my sheets since my burnt back was blistering and leaving puss marks, she said she would have them do it. That night I left a tip for the maid thinking she would change my sheets, she did not. So the maid took the money and no clean sheets, that night I asked the front desk to make sure that maid does change my sheets because I CAN STILL see the puss and that they where not changed, she said okay. Next day no clean sheets, I left two days later and dealt with it. Not good maid service and its not that clean, so it you like friendly people but don't hate an unclean bathroom and dirty rooms, you'll like it here.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank Kristen B
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Amanda F, Manager at Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2014

Dear Kristen B,

Thank you for taking the time out to write your review about your vacation with us.

We are glad to see that you enjoyed the Resort and our staff, but we apologize on behalf of our housekeeping staff and we have already shared your comments with the Department Head, to ensure this does not happen again.

We do hope you will come back to stay with us again in the future.

Best regards,
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Management

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Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

The staff is amazing... Michael, Richard, EdRick, Cleopatra, Alejandra just to name a few. Service was above and beyond incredible. Drinks, food, view, Absolutely everything was awesome. I will have to say that compared to sonesta maho... well there is no comparison. Sonesta Great Bay is the most wonderful place on St Maarten, the beach is far more beautiful than that of Crescent Beach.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Additional Information about Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa

Address: 19 Little Bay Road, Philipsburg, St Martin / St Maarten
Region: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Philipsburg
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range: £267 - £533 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 257
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is a serene Caribbean haven - and St. Maarten’s premier, limitless all-inclusive, adults-only resort. Delivering a new level of sophistication and style, the elegant destination hotel is situated on a mile-long white-sand beach, overlooking Great Bay and the sparkling sea. With endless amenities and personalized service, the resort invites guests to unwind at three swimming pools, four restaurants, four bars, a spa and the Golden Casino for the ultimate vacation experience complimented by stellar service. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort And Casino
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel Philipsburg
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